Managing people is a task that changes for different organizations and different groups; therefore, managing people is not static. The reason for this is that not all people are the same. Therefore, all actions and decisions have to be custom tailored to separate groups and individuals. What works for one individual most likely will not have the same effect on another individual. Managers are not individual contributors. As a manager, you are responsible for the ideas and works of others. If you do not motivate your team to produce quality work, then your department will fall behind and you will be ultimately responsible for the team’s failure.
Managing people and teams requires constant goal setting. Do you have time targets, production targets, or monetary targets? Will you need to rework the goals on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis? Additionally, you need to know your employees and team in order to effectively manage them. Managers need to keep track of employees that are efficient workers and those that fall short. Knowing your team members allows you as a manager to allocate responsibilities to other individuals as you see fit and acceptable. As your team achieves its goals, there is a need to reward them for their accomplishments. Rewards do not have to be money; instead, recognition or some other kind of reward might be a better idea.